Introducing The 11-Time Grammy Nominee and Cover Star of Vogue Singapore's April 2022 ‘Rapture’ Issue, Doja Cat
Born in Tarzana, Los Angeles, Doja’s formative years play out like a pendulum of moments both familiar and intriguing. The youngest child to Dumisani Dlamini and Deborah Sawyer—a performer and graphic designer, respectively—her family relocated to Rye, New York. Eventually, she moved to an ashram helmed by jazz musician and swamini, Alice Coltrane—also known by her Sanskrit name, Turiyasangitananda—with her mother and brother. Bajans and bharatanatyam lessons were par for the course, but Doja’s solace seemed to lie within a universe of a different kind.
“I think some people look at things and they use certain pieces of pop culture or content to cope with this really messed up world that they live in. The world can be really crazy. Some people have to find something that brings them joy, that’s what my work is doing, and that’s great, that’s what I want. I want people to feel, but at the end of the day, I don’t want to crush their dreams. The truth is that ‘Mooo!’ was made because I was bored in my room. There’s no deeper meaning. But I do the same thing that they do. There are so many songs that don’t mean anything that I apply to my life, that I feel I can cope through. So I get it.”
“Making music, and making music on the fly. When I don’t have to do it and when it’s not my job, that’s when it really makes me the happiest.”
— Doja Cat
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